Doug Cox and Sam Hurrie will be playing in Sooke this weekend.

Duo bring back the acoustic blues to Sooke weekend

Get ready for the Sooke Folk Music Society's upcoming blues concert.

The Sooke Folk Music Society presents its next concert this Saturday (June 11), featuring a good old-fashioned mix of blues and acoustic melodies.

Playing this time are Doug Cox and Sam Hurrie, the “avatars” of pretty well every style of blues, roots, acoustic music that make you want to tap your toes, or clap your hands and shout for joy.

Currently at the height of their powers, these musical “old souls” came by their expertise the old-fashioned way: endlessly honing their skills during a lifetime of playing and performing.

Toronto-born Hurrie was initially obsessed with the pre-Second World War blues of Robert Johnson and Son House, and already had his own R&B band in the mid-1960s. On forays to New York to play and record, he regularly jammed with Jimi Hendrix and also opened for Muddy Waters and Blood Sweat and Tears.

For his part, Alberta native Cox was also drawn to the blues, particularly the bottleneck slide guitar, who soon discovered the Dobro and before long earned a national and international reputation as he skillfully fused a wide range of acoustic roots and Americana musical styles.

Cox has played and recorded with such diverse superstars as Indian slide guitarist Salil Bhatt, Hawaii’s Anela Kahiamoe, Long John Baldry, and Austin’s sweetheart BettySoo.

They will be appearing at the final installment of this season’s Concert Series of the Sooke Folk Music Society this Saturday, at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1962 Murray Rd.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 8.

Tickets are $15 in advance at the Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart, or $20 at the door.